If you didn’t grow up with kalua pig, you might be inclined to call it kalua pork. Don’t do it. The dish is kalua pig.
Now that we have that out of the way, let us explain.
Kālua is a cooking method. It is the traditional Hawaiian way of cooking in an underground oven called an imu. So obviously, kalua pig is pig that is cooked in this method.
One can get the flavor of traditional kalua pig using other methods like a slow cooker or an oven.
At the Kalua pig festival we celebrate kalua pig cooked in any method.